Degarrin walks a path of magick and spirituality, enhancing personal growth and self-discovery through well-being, transformation, creative expression, fellowship, community rites and services. As a Wiccan-based Free Church, we support and foster tolerance between all faiths.
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Degarrin will be closed December 24th - 26th and December 31st - January 1st in celebration of the holidays.
Is there an even more magickal time of year than that of Yule? All the lights, the gifts, the songs, the decorations, the foods, its all magick! Its good to start your holiday rituals with affirmations, are statements of self empowerment and positive thinking. For example: “I hold within me the potential of all I can be,” is a great affirmation for this time of year. Another good one is: “The light within me shines bright for all to see,” especially when thinking of the light coming back with the winter solstice.
Prayers can hold the wishes for the coming seasons. Be thankful for the blessings you have received and those you can pass on into the new year, and pray that as the light of the world grows brighter, so may your strength grow stronger and make you healthier. Offer up prayers for others as well. Pray that the strength you’re given be used to help others when need be. Pray that your family and friends be blessed by the Yule Spirit.
Yule time is the perfect time for magick and spell work! What better way to do a spell than to make an ornament spell? All you need is a fillable plastic ornament, some colored ribbon and herbs for your purpose, something to write with, and some parchment paper. You may also want some glitter glue to decorate the ornament with on the outside of it along with the ribbon. An example of an ornament spell would be for the purpose of health, and so for this spell you will need some of the following herbs: lavender, eucalyptus, fennel, chamomile, allspice, rosemary, rue, sandalwood, and peppermint. Write on your parchment the following enchantment: “Blessings shall come as I pray today, bringing healthy tidings my way. Magick to hang on a great Yule tree; as I will, so mote it be.” Fold it tightly and place it and the herbs inside. Close up the ornament and decorate it as you wish. Add the ribbon and hang it from your tree. After Yule, you may hang it above your altar for your spell to continue working just as the wheel continues to spin. Blessed be!
The Wheel has spun around again and Yule is finally here! The Great Winter Solstice; when the night is at its peak and the day is very weak. Historically, Yule was an indigenous midwinter festival celebrated by the Germanic peoples, absorbed into celebrations surrounding Christmas over time with Christianization. The earliest references to it is in the form of month names, where the Yuletide period lasts somewhere around two months in length, falling along the end of the modern calendar year between what is now mid-November and early January.
Some Pagans view Yule as the time when the Lady gives birth to the Lord and the days become longer, whereas others view this holiday as the return of light, and not truly a rebirth. In some traditions the Oak King and the Holly King fight again as they did during the Summer Solstice. This time, though; the Oak King wins and will rule until Midsummer. Many of today’s customs come from the traditions of olde. A Roman custom of Saturnalia was celebrated during this time as well. Roman homes were decorated with vines, ivy, and evergreens in honor of the God Saturn. This developed into the custom of having a Yule tree in the home. The Romans would also hang metallic ornaments on the outside trees in honor of Saturn or the patron Deity. Early Germanic tribes would hang fruit and candles in the trees in honor of Odin at the Solstice. This developed into our custom of decorating the Yule tree today.
Caroling began as a rite of Wassailing. People would go door to door singing and drinking to the health of their neighbors. But even that goes further back to a rite of fertility that was done by early Pagans where villagers would go through fields and orchards in the middle of winter, singing and shouting to drive away any spirits that might inhibit the growth of future crops. Caroling in churches wasn’t added until the 13th century when it was suggested by St. Francis.
The Yule Log has several origins. The Norse believed the sun was a giant wheel of fire which rolled away each year and began rolling back again at the winter solstice. To honor that fact, they would burn a giant log on their hearth. The Celts would save part of their Maypole to burn as the Yule Log to celebrate the wheel turning. In Norway, they would hoist a log from the largest tree onto the hearth in order to celebrate the return of the sun.
Many different Yuletide traditions have customs of gift-giving. Most people think the gift-giving relates to the biblical story of the wise men bringing gifts to baby Jesus, but these customs go back beyond even that. The Romans would exchange gifts during their Saturnalia celebrations. Interestingly, it was on New Years Day that gifts were exchanged upon until around the Middle Ages.
What gifts would you like to receive this year? What do you think you will give? The best gift, is something you give of yourself. So, what gift of yourself, can you or will you, give this year? What traditions will you carry on and which ones will you make new? Merry Yule and Blessed Be!
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